Texas Road Trip – Day 2

We left around 7:15/7:30 this morning.  We stopped at Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen for breakfast.  They had a buffet so we did that…and what a sad little buffet it was.  It only had the basics…bacon, eggs, sausage, grits, pancakes.  I was hoping for a nice buffet with some fruit, muffins, bagels,  yogurt…something.  Oh well.  It was alright and filled us up and we wound up skipping lunch.  We were ready to get out of the car for a bit when we got to Memphis, so we did.  We found Beale Street and the Orpheum Theatre.  We spent a little bit of time there and then headed out back on the road.  We drove and drove and drove…just like yesterday, actually!  lol  I think it was around 5:00 p.m. that we got to Texarkana.  I saw a pair of the tiniest baby fawns in the grass near the  highway.  They were adorable.  I just hope they were smart enough to not venture any closer.  =(  We hit a fairly heavy rain shortly after, but it finally let up about a half hour later.  We’re now in Mesquite, TX.  I think we arrived around 9:00/9:30 p.m.  We unloaded all our stuff and headed for dinner…which wound up being 10:00/10:30.  Mom’s already sleeping and once I finish up on here I will be too.  Why driving makes you so tired, I have no idea…

Road Trip to Texas – Day 1

Friday, May 22 We left at 7:15 this morning to begin our long trek to San Antonio.  We met up with Kathy Romanos in Georgtown, KY (near Lexington) for dinner at the Golden Chorral buffet.  Pretty good.  We’re now in Horse Cave, KY at the Hampton Inn.  We’re just under 100 miles from Nashville and […]

Willard Insane Asylum Tour

May 15, 2009 Ovid, NY The tour was interesting, but many of the buildings (like, all the good ones) were off limits. The best, by far, was the morgue. The others were in decent shape and some are still in use…so they are clean and freshly painted. Not the filthy dirty, chipped paint, and old […]

My Garden

I made my first flower garden last year. I dug all the sod by hand, raked out the rocks, shoveled off an entire truckload of dirt, and planted all the flowers by myself. Everything came back this year except one lupine, one delphinium, and two columbines. Between the couple 95F+ days and the rain we […]

Juvenile Bald Eagle Release

Apparently there was a tiny little article in the newspaper about a bald eagle release taking place today at Clute Park.  Luckily, the officer at our building’s front entrance told me about.  Since I don’t normally bring my camera with me to work, I had to ask my parents to drop off my camera bag, […]

April Fool’s Update

Unfortunately, there has been no word from Vinnie regarding our April Fool’s Day prank.  It’s very disappointing!  I’m not sure what happened, but neither of us want to give in and mention it to him.  If he’s laying low, we don’t want to give him the satisfaction of bringing it up first. So, we may […]

Vinnie Pearl

My friend Bill and I love to pick on Vinnie.  He’s an easy, fun target! First, let me start near the beginning.  We all know each other through our photography and we sometimes go on outings together.  Vinnie let it slip one day (3-4 years ago) that he enjoys taking photos of flowers.  There’s nothing […]


A few months ago a local photographer that I met through work told me about some grants being offered through The Arts of the Southern Tier.  He suggested that we attend the mandatory (to apply) meeting and see if we could collaborate on a project.  I said sure.  So, he did the paperwork and we […]

Morning Surprise

Long story [kinda] short…  There’s a guy about 20 miles away that raises buffalo for meat.  Supposedly, some animal rights fanatics thought it would be wise to open the fence and let them out…about 17 of them, we hear.  So, for the past 3-4 weeks buffalo have been roaming all over our area (upstate NY).  […]

R.I.P. Finny

I’ve never been good at keeping fish. When I was little and would win the fish at the fair, they would last a few days, or maybe a few weeks at the most, and then they would die. We blamed that on them being unhealthy carnival fish to begin with. Several years ago I looked […]